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Gladstone City Councilor Linda Neace: 'Thank you to those many people who have stood by me. I hope others may forgive my mistakes so our community can move ahead together in a positive manner.'

I was pleased when, on Nov. 6, the Secretary of State's Elections Division sent me a letter telling me my case was closed and issued the following statement, "Not finding a violation of election law at this time, the Elections Division determines this investigation is closed and does not intend to pursue this matter further."

Linda NeaceDuring the time in question pertaining to my voting record, I made mistakes. I withstood many personal difficulties during this time: My son who has a mental illness was in a psychotic episode which demanded my attention; my marriage also required support; I had opened a new business; and I was a victim in a car accident that incapacitated me for three months. If it had not been for family and friends, my new business could not have continued.

Thank God for the Gladstone Fire Department's immediate response to the car accident as without their prompt response, I would not have a right foot today. As I recovered from the car accident, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and went through six months of intense chemotherapy.

Again, I acknowledge making mistakes on my voting registration and my casting of ballots. I am sorry about my mistakes. I will be exceptionally careful in the future on both my voter registration and my casting of ballots.

I would like to move on and continue to be the best I can for Gladstone. We have so many positive projects in this community, and they all need to move ahead and get done. I take being a Gladstone city councilwoman seriously.

Thank you to those many people who have stood by me. I hope others may forgive my mistakes so our community can move ahead together in a positive manner.

Linda Neace is a Gladstone city councilor.

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